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Swiss prosecutor acquitted of FIFA probe – Football



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ZURICH, November 16 (Reuters) – The top federal Swiss prosecutor has been acquitted after he was suspended over a question about his behavior during an investigation into the suspicion of corruption on the world football body FIFA, a special prosecutor in Zurich said on Friday.

Ulrich Veder, a prosecutor in Zurich who was appointed to investigate, confirmed that his investigation into the conduct of Olivier Thormann, the head of the criminal offense of the Swiss State Prosecutor's (OAG) criminal offense, was rejected.

From the moment he launched the investigation, Veder considered the possibility of violating secrecy, favoring, bribing and accepting the benefits, but found that Thormann did not do anything wrong.

"The original suspicion was under investigation, instead of being substantiated," Vedder said, adding that his investigation against Thorman was "completely closed."

Thormann was suspended after Chief Prosecutor Michael Lauber received accusations against him in late September over the criminal proceedings of the OAG in the field of football and his governing body FIFA.

Initially, Lauber's Office expressed concern that the allegations were "perhaps of a criminal nature," but Veder said that was not the case.

So far, more than 40 entities and individuals have been indicted by the US Prosecutor in connection with the FIFA investigation. The Swiss OAG did not file any charges in its investigations to date.

The Thormann suspension was not associated with two meetings of the OAG leaders and FIFA that became public after the publication of the so-called " "Football losses" earlier this month, the OAG announced.

The Thormann Economic Crime Department is investigating many high-profile cases, including scandals involving the Malaysian State Fund 1MDB and the Brazilian Petrobras Energy Group. (Reporting John Miller, Editing by John O'Brien)

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